New and Small Business Education Center
Who Must Register a Business? You must register with the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) if you start a business in New Mexico that sells, leases or licenses property, performs services in New Mexico, sells services performed outside New Mexico but used in New Mexico, or if you are a government (for example, another state, a tribal government or a foreign nation) engaging in business here, or if you want to take advantage of New Mexico’s nontaxable transaction certificate (NTTC) system for tax-free purchases. Non-profit organizations too must register if they are doing business in New Mexico. Check the full definition of “gross receipts” in the statute, Section 7-9-3.5.1 NMSA 1978.
To review business-related TRD publications, click the appropriate publication title:
If you are a corporation or a nonprofit organization seeking to incorporate in New Mexico, contact the Public Regulation Commission.
Governments doing business in New Mexico are required to register for the governmental gross receipts tax. Registration for other special businesses is required for the interstate telecommunications gross receipts tax, leased vehicle gross receipts tax and the leased vehicle surcharge.
Most industries and governments, as well as interstate telecommunications and leased vehicles businesses, use the CRS identification number to report and pay their obligations. If you produce oil, natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, helium, or other non-hydrocarbon gases, however, you must obtain an Oil and Gas Reporting Identification Number (OGRID). For information please contact the Oil and Gas Bureau. To file electronically, click the Online Services button at the top of this page then click the Oil & Gas Tax E-filing button.
Apply for a CRS Identification Number
TRD offers two ways to obtain a CRS Identification Number—on paper or online:
Any entity other than a sole proprietorship that has no employees must obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. Either call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933, or obtain an FEIN online.
There is no fee to register or obtain a CRS identification number. If you return your application to any district tax office or register online, you will receive your number immediately. TRD processes mailed applications within one to two weeks and returns them to you by mail. Many city, village and town halls around the state can also issue CRS identification numbers immediately upon processing your application.
Special Tax Programs
There are some cases in which certain businesses need another kind of registration in addition to the CRS Number. Special registration is required for sales of cigarettes, tobacco products, and liquor, for water production, for gasoline and special fuels, and for businesses engaged in severance and resources activities. Submit form RPD-41218, Registration for Special Tax Programs, or visit your district tax office if you prefer to complete the form in person.